With a background in daily newspapers, I have been freelancing for nearly 20 years, specialising in travel and tourism. I am a regular contributor to a wide range of newspaper travel sections, consumer and trade magazines, inflight magazines, websites and travel apps. I’m also regularly creating new content for my blog, A Glass Half Full.
My latest book, A Glass Half Full and other travel stories (Vivid Publishing, May 2014), is a collection of some of my travel stories.
I am also the author of the best selling Great Australian Pubs (Explore Australia, 2012), and author of Frommer’s Easy Guide to Australia (updated annually), and a contributing author for the Rough Guide to Australia. I have also been the co-author of Frommer’s Australia (2000-2013), author of Frommer’s Melbourne Free & Dirt Cheap, Frommer’s Melbourne Day by Day, Frommer’s Portable Australia’s Great Barrier Reef guide.
I am the co-editor and a contributor to two anthologies, Best Foot Forward: 30 Years of Australian Travel Writing (2006) and Red Dust & Wanderlust, Tales of Travel in Australia (2010).
In 2012 I edited and co-ordinated the anthology Snapshots of Sri Lanka, to benefit a children’s charity in that country. I have also written and co-written several other books.
I am an award-winning creative and professional writer, and also provide images to accompany my words. I have been a contributing writer for a number of online Australian travel guides for the USA and UK markets, and am currently the Queensland specialist writer for the Daily Telegraph (UK), online and in print. I am also the Regional Acquisitions Editor (Oceania) for the US-based travel website Bindu Media (launching mid-2016).
An experienced and entertaining public speaker, I regularly participate in lectures and courses on writing, freelancing and media. Since 2012, I have also been a part-time lecturer and tutor in journalism at the University of Queensland School of Communication and Arts.
In 2016, I was accepted into the professional doctorate program at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to undertake a Doctor of Creative Industries degree.